Shika Snow Mountain

Shika in Tibetan refers to a mountain abounding in red deer, one of the auspicious animals in Tibetan Buddhism symbolizing longevity and justice. Thus the Shika Snow Mountain is regarded as a holy mountain for the local Tibetans. You can enjoy the beautiful snow mountain, the Spiritual Rhino Lake, the forest, the grassland, and rare plants and animals here. In addition, you may experience the religious culture of the sacred mountain and the nomadic culture.

The Shika Snow Mountain presents different landscapes according to the seasons. In spring, the foot of the mountain is covered with green grass while the top is still snow-capped. The blue sky, floating clouds, white peaks, green grassland, cattle, sheep, shepherd boys, Tibetan houses, and wisps of smoke are quite harmonious with one another. You will be amazed by this marvelous creation of nature. In summer, Mount Shika becomes a sea of flowers. The brightly-colored azalea flowers are intoxicating. In autumn, the grassland at the foot of the mountain is dyed red by the Chinese Stellera in full bloom, while the mountain slopes are covered with Chinese larches, poplars, and birches, all of which are very fascinating! In winter, the mountain is coated with snow. The white clouds, the white mountain, and surrounding white landscape with the Tibetan houses contrast superbly with the blue sky. The beautiful scenery will take your breath away .

Two cable ways are available on the mountain. Ascending by cable car, you can enjoy the beautiful mountain from high above. After fifteen minutes or so, you will arrive at the charming Yala Green Wave Ranch halfway up the mountain. The expansive green ranch is embellished with wild flowers of various colors. Flocks of sheep and herds of cattle are grazing, with white clouds floating way above their heads. Everything is so harmonious. You will be deeply attracted by the scene. If taking a deep breath, you will become refreshed and excited. It is a wonderful experience!

Then, go on to take the cableway and head for the mountain top. In about twenty minutes, you will ascend the peak. Standing on the sightseeing platform there, you can see the eight holy mountains nearby, including the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Meili Snow Mountain and the Biluo Snow Mountain. Then, after walking for about twenty minutes, you will arrive at the Azalea Bush, where you can enjoy the beautiful azalea flowers.

Afterwards, continue walking for about twenty-five minutes, and you can look at the Spiritual Rhino Lake in the distance. The mysterious and legendary Spiritual Rhino Lake is hidden in a virgin forest. Legend has it that a rhino emerges when the moon is full. The rhino is ridden by Shika Goddess, and blesses the cattle and sheep in Shangri-la so they may grow strong and healthy. To the west of the lake stands a hill. It resembles a seated Buddha and is thought by the locals to embody the Qiangba Buddha. The emerald lake is surrounded by exuberant trees and azalea flowers, and is very mysterious and peaceful.

The mountain has a total area of 25 square miles (65 square kilometers). The altitude of the highest peak is 14,598 feet (4,449.5 meters) above the sea level, while the lowest Napa Grassland is 10,728 feet (3,270 meters) above the sea level. The large variation in elevation and expansive area endow the Shika Snow Mountain with diverse and abundant flora and fauna that contribute to its attraction to visitors.


 It is cold on the mountain top, and the wind can be very strong. So you are advised to wear down jackets, long pants and warm shoes. You may rent a down jacket on the mountain for CNY 50.
 Avoid vigorous physical activities to prevent altitude sickness, such as running and jumping. In addition, you can buy an oxygen tank at the foot of the mountain for about CNY 50 or 60.
 You are strong advised to hire a local guide if you hike on the mountain. Otherwise, you might get lost.

How to get there

It is quite easy to get to the snow mountain from Shangri-la because it stands 4 miles (7 kilometers) to the southwest of the county.
1. Take bus line 9 from Shangri-la Passenger Station, and get off at the terminus. The bus is available from 7:30 to 17:00 at hourly intervals. The fare is CNY 3.
2. Take a taxi to the scenic area at about CNY 30 for a single trip.
3. Charter a car, and it costs about CNY 60 for a round trip. You should agree a time with the driver for him to pick you up for the return trip.
Opening Hours  8:00 – 18:00
Ticket Price CNY 270 (including a round-trip cable ride)

Nearby Attractions

1. Napahai Lake
2. Potatso National Park
3. Tiansheng Bridge National Geological Park (Tian Sheng Qiao Park)
- Last modified on Sep. 23, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Shika Snow Mountain
Asked by Cindy Chimonides from CANADA | Sep. 18, 2020 08:51Reply
Shangri la in 2 days
Is it possible to see Songzanlin Monastery, Napa Hai, Pudacuo National Park, Feilai Temple ( just for the view of Meili Snow Mountain ) Balagezong Scenic Area, Wunongding viewing platform in 2 days?
Answers (1)
Answered by Samuel | Sep. 23, 2020 20:31

Generally speaking, you are suggested to prepare 3 days to tour around these scenic areas.
Asked by MOLPEN TATIYACHONWIPHUT from ไทย | Oct. 10, 2019 22:10Reply
About 2 day trip in Shangrila
If i want to go to songzanlinsi , napahai lake and Potatso
How should i manage the plan trip in 2 day?
Is it good plan if i go to songzanlinsi in morning and go to napahai lake in the same day and i go to potatso in the next day?

if i go to songzanlinsi with napahai lake in the same day, How should i select the way to this 2 location (ex taxi, bus )
How much does it cost for each way?
Answers (1)
Answered by Augusta from FRANCE | Oct. 11, 2019 19:44

Yes, you can tour around Songzanlinsi and Napahai Lake in one day. And the other you can visit Potatso.
For your convenience, you are suggested to hire a car. Generally speaking, the fare is not expensive because the distance between Songzanlin and Napahai Lake is close.
Asked by Anne from THAILAND | Jun. 27, 2019 02:38Reply
Is there any snow on the Shika Snow Mountain in November?
Hi, I plan to visit on 7 November 19. How is the weather and the trees will change color to autumn?
Answers (1)
Answered by Villa from USA | Jun. 27, 2019 19:13

The mountain is covered by snow in November to December. You can expect beautiful snow view and take some winter clothing. The average temperature will be -10-0C.
Asked by custard from THAILAND | Mar. 28, 2019 10:14Reply
Any tour agencies in Shangrila downtown to take us to Shika mountain and surrounding area?
Or tour agency in a guest house
Answers (1)
Answered by Victoria from UKRAINE | Apr. 08, 2019 02:37

Maybe you can contact the local tour agency in guest house after arrival. Generally, there is a tour agency in guest house.
Asked by Kanyapatch Chankitivuth from THAILAND | Jan. 16, 2019 09:43Reply
Is there any bus from Dukezong ancient town to Shika mountain directly?
Hi, we are going to stay in a hotel at Dukezong Ancient Town and we are planning to go to Shika Mountain in the early morning. I am wondering whether there is a bus running from Dukezong Ancient Town to Shika Mountain? Or the only way to go to the mountain is to take the bus line 9 in front of the Bus Station? Is there any direct way to go from Shika Mountain to Songzanlin Monastery? (we plan to visit Shika mountain first then visit Songzanlin monastery after that)
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Answered by Charlotte from FINLAND | Jan. 18, 2019 01:01

Yes, you can take the bus no.9 from Dawa Road to the mountain scenic area. As I know, the bus schedules are from 07:30 to 17:00 at intervals of around an hour.
Or you can hire a car directly. The fare is around CNY60 for the round trip.

I didn't find the direct way from Shika Mountain to Songzanlin Monastery. You'd better to hire a privcate car.
Answered by Nutsara from THAILAND | Jun. 09, 2019 08:32

CNY 60 per person ,alright?
Answered by Charlotte | Jun. 09, 2019 19:49

Yes, it is.
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